Stephen Hay On Prototypes

The cyclical “should designers code” debate wears me out, but Stephen Hay’s post is a great read in and of itself. I like that he gravitates towards the value of prototyping:

As designers for the web,[…] you are researching, structuring, adapting, testing, laying out, wireframing, setting type for, composing, and [fill in the blank]ing something that people will read, interact with, love, hate, tell others about, and perhaps take with them everywhere they go. And the medium is right in front of you, every day, so you as a designer for this medium have the opportunity to use it to prototype what you’re designing.

Prototyping is about asking reality for feedback.

Dan Matutina for Formula E

Dan Matutina of Plus 63 is easily one of my favorite illustrators. He’s got such a unique style, and I’m always thrilled to see what he’s up to. As an avid F1 fan who is excited to watch Formula E evolve, seeing Dan’s work on these Qualcomm Formula E posters made my day. If anyone has a spare copy of one of these, let me know. I’d love to frame one for my office.

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BreakpointTester

I’m loving BreakpointTester. It’s a bookmarklet that scans your CSS/breakpoints and displays them all at once. It shows not images, but actual web pages you can scroll, navigate, and even web inspect. Brilliant!

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Mr. Robot

I’ve been enjoying Mr. Robot this Summer—It starts with one of the best pilots I’ve ever seen. One small detail that’s stood out for me are the title shots. The music, framing, and oversized logo are just all so epic. Creator Sam Esmail at fastcocreate.com:

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The typeface was the one ingredient about the opening titles that we kept as our flag of consistency. Fonts are something I obsess about constantly. People might find that silly, but for me, everything in a film should be deliberate and designed. This was also something that was going to serve as our signature for the overall series, not just an episode. I must have looked at hundreds of fonts before settling on our current one. I’ve always likened our genre to the paranoid thrillers of the ‘70s and ‘90s, and this title card checked that box for me perfectly.

OH no Type Company

I’m excited to see that James Edmondson has started OH no Type Company (via Nick Sherman).

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The full announcement can be read here. My favorite bit:

Also, why are type foundries typically marketed in such a vanilla way? Why can’t they be more like skateboarding companies?

Fast Track to Sass

Steve Drucker from Fig Leaf Software recently published Fast Track to Sass. The book uses my CSS Zen Garden Apothecary Theme as the example site—transitioning it from CSS to Sass. Thanks, Steve!

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